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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


by J.K. Rowling

Identity Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Quote #1

People stared shamelessly as he approached. They even pressed their faces against the windows of their compartments to get a look at him. He had expected an upswing in the amount of gaping and gawping he would have to endure this term after all the "Chosen One" rumors in the Daily Prophet, but he did not enjoy the sensation of standing in a very bright spotlight. (7.76)

How in the world is Harry not affected by his own fame and popularity? It takes a special and steadfast person to be able to stay true to oneself in the face of such public awe and curiosity. Harry remains a private person, even though he has the opportunity to be public about things. How has he changed since he learned about the prophecy?

Quote #2

It was as Harry suspected. Everyone here seemed to have been invited because they were connected to somebody well-known or influential – everyone except Ginny. (7.160)

To Slughorn, identity is all about who you know and who you are. He's a bit superficial in that way and likes to be around "greatness." Why is Ginny Weasley invited to his parties?

Quote #3

[…] he could not press the point, because so many people were trying to listen in to his conversation, not to mention staring at him and whispering behind their hands. (9.4)

Harry really can't escape his nosy, curious classmates. He has to take shortcuts at Hogwarts in order to avoid people gaping at him and asking him all kinds of questions. Can you think of any other famous people or people in power who have had to contend with the pitfalls of fame? It must be frustrating having to work so hard for a bit of privacy.

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